Sony Xperia 1 III: Technical Sheet, Design and Reviews

We have been waiting for some time for news from Sony for the top of the range 2021. These have finally arrived in the form of Sony Xperia 1 III, a device that follows the line of previous terminals and is quite different from the competition. We already predict that this is not a smartphone focused on being cheap or having the best. price-performance ratio, Sony has created a beast to convince the most demanding users looking for a powerful smartphone, with the best screen and a single camera.

Unique design with IP68 and flat frames

The Sony Xperia 1 III design It is one of the most curious on the market today, even if it does not surprise anyone. It follows the line that we have seen for several years at Sony, reinforcing the popular flat frames with truncated edges and a very robust appearance.

The facade does not change too much and we find another unique way to implement the front camera. There is no notch or holes on the screen, the the selfie camera is located on a traditional bezel and thin which gives the screen a very interesting symmetry.

Sony It has located the fingerprint sensor on the right side, which is something we don’t usually see in high-end devices. In addition to this detail, we can see that the Sony Xperia 1 III still opts for a 3.5 mm jack connection which this year has been strengthened and improved so that it has less distortion.

Features of the Sony Xperia 1 III

  • 6.5 inch screen:
    • OLED
    • Resolution 4K
    • 21: 9
    • Image refresh rate: 120 Hz
    • Touch refresh rate: 240Hz
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  • 12 GB of RAM memory
  • 256 or 512 GB of internal storage
  • Triple rear camera:
    • 12 MP sensor – f / 2.2 – 16mm – 1 / 2.6
    • 12 MP sensor – f / 1.7 – 24mm – 1 / 1.7 ″
    • 12 MP sensor (telephoto) – f / 2.3-f / 2.8 – 70-105mm – 1 / 2.9 ″
  • 8 MP front camera
  • Metal and glass body
  • USB C, fingerprint sensor and 3.5mm jack
  • Wi-Fi 6, 5G, NFC …
  • 4,500mAh battery with 30W fast charge
  • Android 11
  • Dimensions: 175 x 71 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 186 grams

We are faced with a terminal with interesting news focused on the multimedia section. Beyond having the best processor of the moment and 5G connectivity, Sony has bet very strongly on a 4K HDR display with 120Hz refresh rate. This is one of the wonders of this device, although you have to remember that its format is a bit longer than normal.

Sony Xperia 1 III

The Sony Xperia 1 III focuses on the camera to leave us sensors apparently with little MP, but with a quality that might surprise. Highlights the telephoto sensor, because it is the only one on the current market capable of switch between positions and offer two different real optical zooms. This could rank this camera among the best for portrait shooting and zoom photography.

Terminal loudspeakers are a 40% more powerful, the panels are calibrated one by one on the production line and it is one of the few devices that achieves really stand out from the competition. We can say that Sony took care of this smartphone and created it for the most demanding users. Of course, with a price that can be disconcerting.

Sony Xperia 1 III price and availabilityNow is the bad news for him Sony Xperia 1 III. The company announced the release of the device summer sale 2021. If the terminal is sold in July or August, it means that at that time you will have to wait about 3 or 4 months.

Sony is still determined to follow this strategy of advertising on a date and selling several months later. It’s not something that has worked very well for him as expectations are lost and users end up buying other devices due to the wait time.

Sure, no price or exact dates we can talk about, so you just have to hang around the slobber while waiting for Sony to announce more details in several months. We already anticipate that it will be a mobile over 1,000 euros / dollars.

Sony Xperia 5 III, a more modest version

Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony also took the opportunity to launch the Sony Xperia 5 III. It is a smartphone that follows the same line of components and which lose some functionality along the way. Its design changes slightly to offer polished and rounded metal frames.

Its features decrease to a certain extent to reduce the price and make it a “non-pro” version of the Xperia 1 III. The the screen is small and the resolution, your camera loses the iToF sensor and the RAM memory is reduced to 8 GB. These are the details that change between the two devices, the ones we have not named remain:

  • Rounded frame design
  • 6.1 inch screen:
    • OLED
    • FullHD + resolution
    • 120Hz refresh rate
    • 240Hz frame refresh rate
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 or 256 GB of internal storage
  • Lost iToF sensor
  • Dimensions: 154 x 68 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 168 grams

Details like processor, camera sensors or battery remain compared to the Xperia 1 III. What Sony did with it Xperia 5 III is to reduce its size, provide a lower quality screen and remove some details.

We also don’t know the price, so we’ll have to wait and see if it’s worth buying or it’s better to go with the older sibling and have it all.